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March 5, 1992 | Associated Press
To do his part to invigorate New Hampshire's stalled economy, computer executive John Dyer took out a $22,000 home equity loan to give his 22 workers $1,000 bonuses. The president of Dyer Technology Inc. asked each employee to spend at least $100 of the bonuses. "Help the local merchants," he told them. He said he acted not only "to pump up the economy," but also to "pump up my employees' morale." He said if other employers followed, "this would go in a geometric progression."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2003 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
John A. Dyer, a major force in creating Los Angeles' subway system as general manager of the Southern California Rapid Transit District during the 1980s, has died. He was 66. Dyer died Saturday at his Glendale home of a heart attack in his sleep. He had undergone arterial surgery earlier in the week, said a former transit official, Nick Patsaouras.
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NEWS
October 9, 1987
John Dyer, embattled chief of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, resigned today. During a news conference at RTD's downtown headquarters, Dyer said his resignation will be effective Jan. 31, 1988. He has been fighting to hold on to his $119,000-a-year job for the last two years as criticism over a variety of problems at the RTD has continued to increase.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1999 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A pair of experts with experience in the trenches of Los Angeles transit projects were selected Wednesday night as acting chief executives of a new agency created to finish building a light rail line to Pasadena. After meeting for more than an hour behind closed doors at Pasadena City Hall, the authority's board unanimously selected battle-hardened veteran John A. Dyer, former general manager of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, and Larry E.
NEWS
September 6, 1987
RTD General Manager John Dyer gave the Southern California Rapid Transit District high marks across the board in issuing a final monthly report card on the progress of plans to improve service at the transit agency. Using a school teacher's grading method, Dyer gave himself and his staff a dozen A's for RTD services ranging from employment practices to bus safety during the month of July.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
RTD General Manager John Dyer issued an analysis Thursday predicting bus fare hikes and hundreds of millions of dollars in added costs if legislation to reorganize Los Angeles transit and abolish his embattled agency is approved. One of the sponsors of the state legislation called the appraisal "fiction."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
A generally rosy picture of progress on a much-publicized fix-it plan for the beleaguered Southern California Rapid Transit District was offered Thursday by General Manager John Dyer, even though some key indicators showed that safety and cost-cutting goals have not been met.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1987 | TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writer
In a surprise blow to the troubled management of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, Robert J. Murray, construction czar for the $4-billion Metro Rail project, announced his retirement Tuesday. RTD officials said Murray, 61, who was recruited four years ago by RTD General Manager John Dyer to lead the subway construction effort, told a meeting of his staff that he is leaving Aug. 14 for family and personal reasons. No successor has been named.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
A power struggle erupted Wednesday over who should or should not be made the czar of Los Angeles' proposed transportation super agency, further threatening faltering legislation to abolish the troubled RTD. In a sharp reversal of its earlier support of the proposal, the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission voted to oppose the super agency bill by Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sepulveda) unless amendments added last week are removed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1988 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
Alan F. Pegg, the RTD's recently hired 42-year-old treasurer-controller, was selected Thursday to temporarily run the troubled agency after transit chief John Dyer steps down at the end of the month.
BUSINESS
March 5, 1992 | Associated Press
To do his part to invigorate New Hampshire's stalled economy, computer executive John Dyer took out a $22,000 home equity loan to give his 22 workers $1,000 bonuses. The president of Dyer Technology Inc. asked each employee to spend at least $100 of the bonuses. "Help the local merchants," he told them. He said he acted not only "to pump up the economy," but also to "pump up my employees' morale." He said if other employers followed, "this would go in a geometric progression."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1988 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
RTD General Manager John A. Dyer attended his last board meeting Thursday, one that featured an accounting scheme providing on-paper savings of $10 million, criticism of the county Transportation Commission and the Los Angeles Times, and a lucrative consultantship for Dyer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1988 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
Alan F. Pegg, the RTD's recently hired 42-year-old treasurer-controller, was selected Thursday to temporarily run the troubled agency after transit chief John Dyer steps down at the end of the month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
An announcement on whether the RTD's controversial general manager, John Dyer, will keep his job could be made as early as today after a lengthy closed-door meeting of the transit district board where Dyer's performance was evaluated Thursday. Emerging from the session, RTD Board President Jan Hall, acting as spokeswoman for the board, said that no action was taken.
NEWS
October 9, 1987
John Dyer, embattled chief of the Southern California Rapid Transit District, resigned today. During a news conference at RTD's downtown headquarters, Dyer said his resignation will be effective Jan. 31, 1988. He has been fighting to hold on to his $119,000-a-year job for the last two years as criticism over a variety of problems at the RTD has continued to increase.
NEWS
September 30, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
Gov. George Deukmejian late Tuesday granted the RTD a reprieve from its legislative death sentence by vetoing a bill to replace Los Angeles County's two major public transportation agencies with a new super-agency. The action, immediately attacked by the bill's supporters, surprised a number of participants in the 10-month reorganization battle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1987 | TED VOLLMER, Times Staff Writer
Under intense grilling from a Los Angeles County supervisor who called him "Rip Van Winkle," embattled RTD chief John Dyer repeatedly refused demands Tuesday to resign if he fails to produce major reforms in the bus system by next June. Supervisor Mike Antonovich, a severe critic of the transit system's general manager, tried three times during a 90-minute hearing to win Dyer's pledge to resign if a recently established set of action goals is not met.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
A new report by nonpartisan state financial analysts contradicts figures that the RTD has used in hopes of sidetracking legislation to abolish the district. Proposed legislation to consolidate Los Angeles County's transit agencies could cost about $1 million over the next four years, the legislative analyst's office reported Monday.
NEWS
September 12, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
A bill to do away with Los Angeles County's principal transportation agencies and place bus, commuter rail and highway authority under a superagency run by a board of high-level local officials cleared the Legislature on Friday and was sent to the governor. The new agency would take over all present operations and future planning and construction projects of the RTD and the county Transportation Commission within the next one-year period.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
A bill to abolish the RTD picked up much needed support Tuesday from a batch of major changes in the legislation that turned former foes into supporters, including Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. The Senate late Tuesday by voice vote adopted a series of amendments sought by Bradley and other local elected officials, including one that bars any state legislator from serving on a powerful new transportation "super-agency" board.
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